Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Dressage lesson

This post is way overdue, I don't even remember what date this happened but it was a couple of weeks ago.
Anyway, a friend at Lottie's yard has started a dressage training business and agreed to give me some lessons! So Sunny got kitted out in his fancy white (orange fly veil though because we needed one and don't have a white one) and got ready to get down to business. We started off by showing her where we were at and discussing problem areas (the halt and the right canter) while warming up, then moved on to working on the canter. Left lead was requested and promptly given a couple of times so we left that alone and turned to the right. I can honestly say we did not have any cantering on the wrong lead! Although he ran into it a couple of times and sort of fell into it he did in face canter on the right leg each time I asked. My biggest takeaway is that I need to actually hold him into his right canter and support him rather than just giving him all the rein like 'Here have everything please just canter'. Basically I need to ride him the same as I would to the left.
We also worked on asking him to lift himself into a higher, more advanced frame, which he was doing for the short periods I was asking. We didn't play with that too much because he doesn't yet have the muscle to maintain it.

Then she got on at the end but that didn't go well and I don't want to talk about it basically. We haven't done anything since he's just been sat in the field getting fat.
Today the vet came out to check his aneamia which has been sorted with the haemo supplements and on Thursday the physio is coming out to see him.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Steve's first outing

After Steve arrived on Thursday we didn't waste much time in putting him to good use and on Friday I took Sunny cross country schooling. It was his first outing since ulcer treatment and first time cross country schooling alone and he was honestly the most confident he's ever been cross country. He jumped everything I pointed him at and was choosing to canter the vast majority of the jumps. We had a couple of little tantrums but nothing like what he's thrown at me in the past. I was still a wuss and got nervous about them but all in all we had a really good time and I was super proud of him.
This may well be my favourite jumping photo of us ever.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Jumping, Hacking and Steve

It's been a bit of a slow week on the riding front, I really need to get better about riding Sunny because pony is FAT right now. But other exciting things have been happening which I will go into at the end of the post.
Last week we did some jumping with Jack and he was super as per usual, I'm determined by the end of this year I will be able to jump like a normal human being and there are definite improvements being made.

On Tuesday Sunny went out for a hack with Sparkie and only napped once! I mean yes his paddy was about going through a gate so it was completely not warranted but I feel like at this point it's become a habit to see if he can get away with it. He didn't, the hack continued without incident so yay.
Yesterday a lady came to see Sunny about something exciting which I hope to reveal within the next 2 months...
And today! Steve arrived!

He was clean when he arrived but then we had to park him...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

We all fall down

This blog will consist of lots of jumping photos and some more DIY. You have been warned.
I have flatworked Sunny since my last post, but nothing awe inspiring happened and there are no photos so this does not warrant a post. However I have been able to do lots of jumping since then yay!
First was star, we flatworked John first then had a play at jumping on Star. He was very excited so much fun was had!

Then on another day (I don't know when all these things happened, I just know that they did) Beth played grids with her boys and I got to have a play on both of them.

And today, I played jumps with Sunny! He seemed to know what we were doing because he was pretty sleepy while I was tacking up but as soon as I put his bridle on and realised he had his jumping bit in he was ready for action! We just played over two jumps and he was fab. He was cantering from one jump to the other on the right leg and just having a fab time. He was easily the best behaved he's been with his jumping probably ever and didn't have a single tantrum even though we went up to 80cm which is the biggest we've done for a very long time. We did have one incident where he fell with me and landed on my leg but we both got up and were fine. He'd come into the jump, thought about stopping, changed his mind and decided to jump it but then just completely misjudged the space and his landing and we just toppled. He was fine though and we did another jump after just to check our confidence (which was still fine surprisingly, if that had happened 6 months ago I probably still wouldn't be jumping now!) Overall I was super pleased with our ride.

 Over the last couple of weeks we've been doing some organising in the tack room and we're finally finished (pretty much, I need a boot stand so I can keep some boots in there and a bin but other than that we're done). I'm so happy with it, everything is so much more organised now and looks really cosy.
So pretty and organised

Thursday, 9 July 2015

DIY time

I've been collecting paint over the past few months when it's been on sale and last weekend I decided it was time to do some DIY on the jump poles, we had a couple that were the result of broken poles that I neatened up to use as skinny poles and we just gave them all a good spruce up. I still want to add some to the skinny poles (they're just white for now so I want them more colourful) and have one set of wooden wings to pain but after that we'll be all done with pretty jumps.

The day before the jump painting fun started I had a little late evening ride on Sunny and did some schooling. No big breakthroughs to report but it was a nice ride.
On Tuesday it was time to play with the new jumps! First we went up to Lottie's yard and played flatwork with her boys.

Then off to ours. I rode Sunny first and played over some jumps. In our warm up he got right canter the first time I asked, yay! He was really eager and was taking me to most of the fences. We had a couple of moments when he had a mini tantrum but I managed to ride him through it and get him to do what I asked. Overall I was super pleased with him and counted it as very much a success.

Then Beth jumped Sparkie and let me have a little play on him after.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

That flying thing

You know, that thing where you put yourself on your horse and then throw the two of you over a stick held up by some plastic? We did that!
First we schooled, because this was the original plan for the day. And I have to say he was pretty awesome. Stand is still an issue. We can kind of do it, but we kind of have to fidget and can't possibly keep holding our back up. But other than that schooling went really well. So well in fact that we got the right canter lead every time we asked for it. Yay! So because he was so good we decided to pop him over a little 1' pole which then had to be raised because he was just gunning it hell for leather and needed something to think about. Popped it up to about 2'3" in the end and he jumped it much better. Still definitely need his waterford for jumping as I had little to no control going into it in the lozenge but he was controllable after once it was up past 2' and didn't buck or throw his head down after so I was very happy. I even took him over a little make shift cross country jump (a branch and some tyres) which I expected him to have a shit fit at but he impressed me and actually went over it with no tantrums. Very much a happy Emma!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Super Sunday

Yesterday was such a good day, marred only by the fact that Beth was ill and couldn't come join in with our shenanigans so we'll have to do it all again one day soon.
In the morning we fetched Star down to our yard and him and Sparkie played jumping over a little course Beth had set up for us earlier in the week. They were both really good, Sparkie was a bit dismayed that I was making him jump such small obstacles but he was very good about it as usual lol. Afterwards we took them for a hack to cool down and they were fab.

Then after we dropped star off at home we came back (after a pit stop for lunch) and rode Sunny. And we cantered yay! Left canter was good, took him a sec to realise I actually did mean canter yes please Sunny but once he realised we were fine and had some lovely left canter. Right....well....maybe one day we'll have a right canter. We tried putting a pole down as a guide to tell him to go into canter and he got that pretty quickly and took off at the pole...into left canter...going right. At least he tried. We never actually got right canter this right but it's been such a long time since I asked him to school the canter that I let it go and we'll try again next time :)